If your baby has gas, you might have heard that gas drops can help. You might also be wondering if it’s OK to give something like that to your baby, especially if they’re very young.
Of course with something like gas drops you’re going to get some moms that say it’s OK, and some that say you should stick to an all natural remedy. Under optimal conditions your baby wouldn’t need to be using a product to control their gas. But baby’s get gas all the time, even more than most adults in some cases. The pain and pressure is enough to make you want to do something for your child rather than watch them suffer.
When you reach the point where you’ve decided to treat them for their gas you should first try to find out what food caused the problem so you can avoid it in the future. Or if you overfed them scale back their portion next time. What you don’t want to do is use gas drops and then continue the action that caused the gas in the first place, causing you to need to use more gas drops again and again.
Can I Give My Baby Gas Drops? Answer: Yes.
Gas drops appear to be safe for most situations, however if you’re worried that your child might not respond well to them either because of a previous medical problem or because you just want to double check, you should consult with your pediatrician. Mylicon, the most popular gas drop on the market, says that their product is safe from day one for your baby, and they also claim that physicians recommend the use of it.
Symptoms of Infant Gas
It’s important not to misdiagnose your little one with gas, and start treating them with something like gas drops when it’s not even gas that they have. The first thing to watch for is incessant crying, even after you’ve gone through all of the steps that usually keep your baby happy. If you notice that they’re kicking more often than usual, that might also be a sign. It could be a visual cue that tips you off, and they might simply look like they have gas, with a rounded belly that looks extra full.
What Causes Infant Gas
Babies get gas for all sorts of reasons, since their digestive system is still developing. Even babies that are breastfed end up with gas, so their gas is likely not a matter of anything wrong you’re doing. But it is good to try to avoid known offenders of infant gas, so that you don’t contribute to the problem.
Preventing Gas in Baby
The best thing to feed your baby through their first months is breast milk. Cow’s milk can actually lead to more gas, and it’s recommended that even when your baby starts to eat solid foods you continue to breastfeed them. The breast milk provides good bacteria that will help your baby break down the foods they eat more efficiently, and have less gas. You can also try cutting down on the amount of food or milk they get in one sitting, and having more feeding sessions.
Keeping a Food Journal
It’s a good idea to keep a food journal handy when you feed your baby, so that you can more easily find out what the cause of the gas is. Noting a certain food with a lowercase “g” for gas will help you narrow down the culprit. If a food acquires too many g’s then it should go on the list of foods to reintroduce to your baby at a later time, when their digestive system has had longer to develop and can handle a wider variety of foods.
Remember, the gas drops aren’t preventing the gas, they’re just allowing your baby to pass the gas more easily so they don’t get bloated and don’t experience the pain associated with it. The best way to get rid of the gas is to prevent it from occurring in the first place, and then using natural remedies to help your baby pass it. We’d recommend using gas drops as directed by your doctor, and only when other methods have not helped.